Formal New Year’s Eve Outfit Inspiration + the #iwillwearwhatilike Link Up

Not Dressed As Lamb | New Year's Eve outfit
Because Christmas is only days away (just four sleeps to go!) I’ve made this week’s #iwillwearwhatilike link up theme-free to keep things simple, and it’ll be the same next week as well. Then in January we’ll continue with the themes, which are optional as always. So come link up anything you’ve been wearing, scroll down for the details!

As I’m a little out of action where outfits are concerned due to my slipped disc, I’ve made up an outfit I’d like to be wearing on New Year’s Eve – I certainly won’t be wearing heels, that’s for sure! I’ve been lusting after all these pieces for ages, not least the sequinned t-shirt. It’s made of this “magic” fabric (earlier this year I tried on something similar so I assume it’s the same) where the sequins either disappear or totally change colour as you run your hand up and down it. Gotta get me one of these…!

The black skirt is floor length and makes me think Parisian chic, especially with those caged heels [she stares longingly into space]… Sorry, I just died and went to sartorial heaven briefly for a moment! I added the faux fur jacket because you need something elegant to keep you warm, and the short length works with the proportions of the maxi skirt.


Maybe I should just get this outfit and sit at home in it on New Year’s Eve – it’ll look even better accessorised with a walking stick 😉

What are your plans – both event-wise and wardrobe-wise – for New Year’s Eve? Tell me in the comments or tweet me @notlamb!

Not Dressed As Lamb | New Year's Eve outfit

1. Jacket | 2. Top | 3. Clutch | 4. Skirt | 5. Earrings | 6. Heels | 7. Nail polish


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#iwillwearwhatilike | Not Dressed As Lamb
Thank you for joining the #iwillwearwhatilike link up! This started as a campaign on Instagram in August 2015 where women over 30 wore everything on a journalist’s list of “inappropriate” items for 30+ women (including leopard print, short dresses and oversized sunglasses. Yes, really). It was so popular that I decided to carry it on weekly where women of all ages link up their fabulous style, never mind what anyone tells them not to wear!

So link up all your fabulous outfits (or shoes, accessories, make-up, etc.) every Monday at 3pm UK time – it’ll stay open for a week. Whilst the original article was of course aimed at the 30+, you can be ANY age to link up. The only criteria is that you’re wearing whatever you damn well like!

Fashion bloggers' party outfits #iwillwearwhatilike

My favourite PARTY OUTFITS from last week’s link up (HOW gorgeous do these ladies look?!)

(L-R) Bag and a Beret | Suzanne Bell | What Lizzy Loves | Mama in Heels | Fake Fabulous




(I’ll start themes again in January)

All I ask of you linking up is that you:

1. Please follow your host Not Dressed As Lamb (via Bloglovin or Instagram)
2. Link up your outfits (blog or Instagram posts) that show how you choose to wear what you like – as many as you like!
3. Please remember this is only for posts of what you’ve been wearing, not links to giveaways or anything else
4. Include a link back to this post if you’re linking from a blog post, or add my button (below)
5. Post your outfit on Instagram (if you use it) with the hashtag #iwillwearwhatilike – Monday’s the day to join in the IG fun
6. Visit some of the other links and share the love!

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  1. 25 December 2015 / 9:40 am

    I love the heels too but think they are a bit too high to be comfortable. The skirt is lovely but I have something similar which is hard to style (for me) so I don't need another challenge. I linked up but the stupid system finished before I was. I am not a fan of this link-up system. Everybody uses it, but I would love to have a go at the IT guys who made it.
    I will link back to you on my blog in next Sunday post as most people have already seen my last post. OK?
    Merry Christmas Catherine.

    • 30 December 2015 / 12:20 am

      Yeah as I always say no rules, Greetje – link up whatever and whenever you like!! Always happy to have you 🙂

      And I do have issues with inlinkz too sometimes, but I think it was more when I used to try and do it on a mobile or tablet. It seems to like PCs much more with me…!

      P.S. You know me, I (normally) find very high heels fine, judging by my super-high heels collection!!!!!!

  2. 23 December 2015 / 8:03 pm

    I absolutely think you should get this outfit and lounge at home in it on New Year's Eve. It's a stellar combination. Plus, at a home party you don't even have to worry about making a fool of yourself or spilling things.
    Thank you so much for featuring my gown with these other cool women from last week, Catherine!

  3. 23 December 2015 / 11:28 am

    I've decided to stay up until midnight this year. The first time since my babies were born 10 years ago! Hahahaha I know – such a lightweight.
    Hope you're feeling better hon xxx

    • 30 December 2015 / 12:18 am

      Thanks Michelle – hope you enjoy your wild NYE!! hehe thank you sweetie xo

  4. 22 December 2015 / 11:26 pm

    Oh no!!!! Not the back. Feel better soon!

  5. 22 December 2015 / 3:47 pm

    If there ever was an excuse for investing in a glamorous new outfit, I'd say being laid up with a bad back over the holidays would be it, dearest Catherine!! 😉 You'd certainly be the ultimate style diva lounging on the couch through Christmas and New Years in this stunning skirt and sequinned top combination…and the consolation prize?? You won't have sore feet because you danced the night away in those killer heels!! XOXO

    • 30 December 2015 / 12:17 am

      You're probably right, Monika – I SHOULD get glammed up for NYE!! A girl can just sit and look pretty in heels, can't she?! x

  6. 22 December 2015 / 1:38 pm

    So sorry your back is acting poorly! Feel better soon, and Merriest Christmas to you, xox


  7. 22 December 2015 / 9:28 am

    Thank you so much for choosing me as one of last week's favourites among so many beautiful party outfits. I love the NYE inspo above especially the black maxi skirt and rose gold clutch. I hope you're feeling ok in spite of your slipped disc. Have a wonderful Christmas and a very happy new year and give my love yo that lovely husband of yours xxx

    • 30 December 2015 / 12:16 am

      Aww Liz thank you sooooooo much – the slipped disc is on the mend, just very very slowly!! Lots of love to you too x

  8. 22 December 2015 / 5:01 am

    Thank you for the feature, Catherine! Get well soon!!!


  9. 22 December 2015 / 3:04 am

    You poor poor baby!!! I hope you're up and about in time for merry-making, love, to enjoy Christmas, and Boxing Day, and New Year's eve 🙂 happy holidays to you and yours xoxo

    • 30 December 2015 / 12:15 am

      thanks Sheela – it was reasonably merry, just a bit painful come the evening of xmas day after all the rushing around…!! Must. Take. It. Easy…!

  10. 21 December 2015 / 11:46 pm

    I love all your looks! What a special honor to be included amongst all these fabulous ladies this week! Thank you! Get better soon, and happiest of holiday wishes to you!

  11. 21 December 2015 / 10:09 pm

    wishing you a merry christmas, catherine! and a speedy recovery.
    xxoo beth

  12. 21 December 2015 / 9:37 pm

    Aw Catherine, take it easy and get well soon. Back problems are the worst! Wishing you and your hubby a really lovely Christmas xx

  13. 21 December 2015 / 8:25 pm

    I love your dream outfit for NYE, in particular the maxi skirt which I'm rather partial to myself, but also that amazing sequinned top. I need to keep an eye out for something like that – it'd look fab with jeans and trainers too. I hope you start to feel an improvement with your injury soon and that it doesn't spoil the festive season for you. Thanks for the link up again this week x
    Anna's Island Style

    • 30 December 2015 / 12:13 am

      Anna thank you so much, I really appreciate the love!!

  14. 21 December 2015 / 8:08 pm

    New Years eve…or Hogmanay as it is here is a great party night!
    We have a house full of children so it is impossible to get a babysitter even though it is our wedding anniversary.
    We were married on Hogmanay…in the snow…so Romantic!
    I am inviting friends over again this year for a laid back Cocktail party.
    I would like to pretend it is all evening gowns and cage heels but the truth is that it is cosy layers, knits and wool socks…..but no less fun than a posh do.
    I do make a mean cocktail, anything you want!
    Thank you for including me in this line up of gorgeous ladies from last week….I am chuffed to bits!
    And thank you for hosting another fab link up!!
    Fake Fabulous

    • 30 December 2015 / 12:12 am

      My pleasure as always to feature you, Samantha! I could do with a few cocktails but I'm somewhat afraid of booze right now with the massively strong painkillers I'm taking!!!! HNY – and Happy Anniversary – to you x

  15. 21 December 2015 / 6:32 pm

    I hope your on the mend, must be really frustrating.I hope you have a great Christmas,and a speedy recovery.I am so pleased you published that top, been lusting after this material since the video on instagram you posted.
    Thank you for hosting
    Laurie x

    • 30 December 2015 / 12:11 am

      Ohh you remembered it, Laurie!! And thank you, I'm kinda on the mend x

  16. 21 December 2015 / 5:28 pm

    Merry Christmas, Catherine!

  17. 21 December 2015 / 4:12 pm

    Hope your feeling better soon!

  18. 21 December 2015 / 3:13 pm

    So glad to join you once more, dear Catherine.
    Happy Christmas to you and your loved ones

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